Photographing at the shore can be a fun and rewarding experience. If you've ever been turned off by the large crowds, you might try visiting Rhode Island during their off season.
I've just returned from 2 weeks on the coast in mid-June, and despite some rain, the weather was pleasant, and opportunities were amazing. The best part about it is that I was one of only a handful of people at the "popular" spots - making it a much more enjoyable shoot.
<a href="http://www.klassphoto.com">Creative Nature Photography and Workshops by Raymond Klass</a>